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UT frat house attic catches fire

Posted on December 10th, 2010 No Comments

This past Tuesday morning, the attic of a UT fraternity house caught fire.  Investigators believe faulty heating equipment caused the blaze.

Firefighters responded to calls about the fire at around 4:20 A.M. at the Delta Epsilon Psi house in the West Campus neighborhood.  Only one resident was unable to evacuate before firefighters arrived.  The one resident was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge for possible smoke inhalation injury.

Firefighters said that the fire was contained to the attic’s insulation.  No estimates have been made yet concerning damage to the frat house.

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Old Del Valle school building catches fire

Posted on December 2nd, 2010 No Comments

Last month, an old Del Valle Independent School District annex caught fire.  The building is located in a field off FM 973 and Texas 71.

Austin firefighters received a call around 4:50 P.M. on Monday, November 20th that the building was in flames.  Firefighters were able to control the blaze in just under an hour.  Fire officials were unsure of what caused the fire but will continue investigations.  FM 973 was shut down for about an hour while Austin firefighters worked to stop the fire, causing significant traffic delays for drivers near the airport.

Battalion chief Thayer Smith stated, “It looked impressive for a few minutes just because there was a lot of smoke.  But we knocked it down quickly and it was confined to one end of the building”.

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North Austin apartment complex catches fire, 43 displaced

Posted on November 10th, 2010 No Comments

Last Thursday evening, the Silvervale Aparments located in North Austin caught fire.  Investigations determined that a cigarette that was not properly put out caused the blaze.

Firefighters arrived at the apartments around 5 P.M. on Thursday to see 22 out of the apartment’s 24 units occupied.  Rescuers helped the apartment’s occupants out to safety and no injuries were reported from the fire.  3 of the complex’s units were severely damaged from the fire and 11 others were damaged from smoke and water damage caused by the fire.

Experts estimate damages to the apartment complex around $200,000 and $30,000 in content damage.  34 adults and 9 children were left homeless after the fire.

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